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1 billion mobile M2M subscribers expected in 6 years

A new report from wireless analyst firm Berg Insight predicts there’ll be 1 billion cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) subscribers by 2022.

It says the number of cellular M2M customers worldwide increased by 23% last year to a total of 265.2 million.

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Ofcom report shows growth in 4G coverage and mobile data usage

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has just published its Connected Nations report, which shows how the UK’s communications infrastructure has changed in the past 12 months.

It notes that the roll-out of 4G coverage means that 67% of premises in the UK can now get 4G service from three of the ‘big four’ operators. That compares with 37% in 2014.

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Apple catches Samsung to become the world's biggest smartphone producer in Q4 2014

New figures from Strategy Analytics show that Samsung and Apple each produced 74.5 million smartphones in the final quarter of 2014, giving each of them just under a fifth of the total smartphone market.

It’s the first time the two companies have been this close with quarterly shipments since the end of 2011.

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Smart glasses growth expected in 2015, says ABI Research

Most purchases will be from enterprise and public sector buyers

Shipments of ‘smart glasses’, such as the Google Glass product, are expected to grow by almost 150% this year.

That’s according to ABI Research, which expects over 90% of these purchases to come from enterprise or public sector customers.

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Annual shipments of connected wearable devices expected to reach 168 million in 2019

Research firm Berg Insight has calculated that shipments of connected wearable devices reached 19 million this year, more than three times last year’s total of 5.9 million devices.

This includes smartwatches, smart glasses, fitness and activity trackers, individual safety/monitoring devices and wearable medical devices.

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